Adult Acne: Prevention and Treatment


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Acne can rear its ugly head long after the teen years. Learn why you're dealing with zits and pimples now, and what products you can use to get clear skin.

You probably thought pimples were a high school thing like late passes and SAT words. Not—over 30 million Americans struggle with adult-onset acne, and even those who got off scot-free as teens aren't exempt. Unfortunately, women break out more than men, thanks to a perfect storm of genes, stress, and fluctuating hormones that triggers oil production. Trouble spots this time around tend to be the jawline, neck, and chest, says David Bank, MD, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. 

One remedy experts recommend is chemical-free and doesn't cost a cent. The Rx: R-E-L-A-X. Stress is a major cause of zits. When you're in freak-out mode, your body reacts by pumping out cortisol (the stress hormone), which stimulates oil glands, leading to breakouts. Modern life is to blame, says Ava Shamban, MD, a dermatologist in Santa Monica, California. The complicated juggle of a husband, kids, a job, and a household to run take a toll on skin. Exercise, good nutrition, boosting protein, and adequate sleep can all help.
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